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Ear Wax (otic)

Generic name: carbamide peroxide (otic) [ KAR-ba-mide-per-OX-ide-OH-tik ]
Brand names: Auraphene-B, Debrox, Ear Wax, Ear Wax Removal, Mollifene, Murine Ear Drops
Drug class: Cerumenolytics

Medically reviewed by on Mar 5, 2024. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Ear Wax?

Ear Wax (for the ears) is used to soften and loosen ear wax, making it easier to remove.

Ear Wax may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ear Wax side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Ear Wax may cause serious side effects. Stop using Ear Wax and call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects of Ear Wax may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You should not use Ear Wax if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum), or if you have any signs of ear infection or injury, such as pain, warmth, swelling, drainage, or bleeding.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Ear Wax if you are allergic to it, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

Ear Wax should not be used on a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use Ear Wax?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Ear Wax comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash your hands before and after using Ear Wax.

To use the ear drops:

Ear Wax may be packaged with a bulb syringe that is used to flush out your ear with water. To use the bulb syringe:

Do not use Ear Wax for longer than 4 days in a row. Call your doctor if you still have excessive earwax after using this medicine, or if your symptoms get worse.

Clean the bulb syringe by filling it with plain water and emptying it several times. Do not use soap or other cleaning chemicals. Allow the syringe to air dry.

Keep the medicine bottle tightly closed and store it in the outer carton at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Ear Wax otic is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of carbamide peroxide otic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Ear Wax?

Avoid getting Ear Wax in your eyes or mouth.

Do not use other ear drops unless your doctor has told you to.

What other drugs will affect Ear Wax?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Ear Wax used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.